Archives for April 2013

Ocean, Boat, and Nautical Party Ideas

I live in the desert, and I rarely make it to the coast, but I love, love, love to DREAM about the beach… the ocean… boats and crashing waves.  I recently decided to “surf” the web (ok..groan) for nautical theme party ideas.  Here are some of the great posts I found!

From 6th Street Design School, a fab post full of nautical party ideas!  I especially love her “drink station”.  And she lists all sources as well as several ‘how-to’ links.


I’ve posted a link to this one before, but you HAVE to check out the Nautical Christening post on the Hostess Blog:


Here’s a fun link to making life preserver cupcakes.  You could also purchase white frosted donuts and add, with red frosting or piping gel, red stripes!

And another nautical party from the Hostess blog, this one with a more vintage feel.  Octopus (octopi?) are so popular right now…Oh – and check out the Spaceshipslaserbeans shop for very cool printables used in this post.


And you need to click right on over to Diaper Style Memoirs – she has a FABulous post filled with amazing ideas for simple Nautical Party decor.  LOVE the photo booth with props!


Decadent Oreo Stuffed Brownies Topped with Chocolate Ganache


Oreos hold a very special place in my heart.  One of my nephews, especially fond of the chocolate oreo truffles that I make, asked that I make them for his Bar Mitzvah party.  Since then I always seek out recipes with oreos; they tend to be decadent and always delicious.

Last week it dawned on me how wonderful they would be ‘stuffed’ between two layers of fudge brownies.  But I didn’t stop there!  I topped them with a decadent layer of chocolate ganache (chocolate and heavy cream).

Fab Friday – Free Graduation Printables

It’s getting closer and closer…. Graduation 2013… and I have a few free graduation printables (or almost free) for you today, to help with planning your grad party!

From Bird’s Party Blog, some fab graduation printables… and although the photo shows 2012, you CAN get the 2013 version by scrolling to the bottom (past all the great pics):


From Living Locurto, some cute graduation cupcake toppers:


And from Lauren McKinsey, a whole bunch of instant download printables for your graduate: These aren’t free but the graduation collection features hershey candy bar wrappers, hershey kiss stickers and gift tag/cupcake toppers – all for $4.89.  You color coordinate to your needs!


DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

I posted last year with some Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas, and I have a few new ideas that I found this year.  Between my three children, I have three home-room teachers, and three “extra” teachers that I need to plan for, so I’m trying to get started a little early!

From Skip to My Lou, a “thanks a latte” printable card – perfect for the teacher who is a coffee lover.


Check out this super cute altered Pringles can that can be filled with goodies for the teacher, from Glue Sticks and Tape:


Another GREAT idea from Skip to My Lou… a Summer Relaxation Kit – with a free teacher appreciation poem printable to help make this one easier for you!



And from Simply Seleta… a trendy teacher gift – so super cute, and budget friendly too!


Boy Baby Shower – Mustaches and Ties, Oh My!

I don’t know if you are aware… but mustaches and neck ties are the new “IT” thing when it comes to baby boy baby showers.  I have found some super cute ideas for you with mustaches and neck ties… and blue, blue, blue!

Check out the super sweet pics in the “Little Man Baby Shower” photo album on the Hostess blog:  There are 16 pics to scroll through.


I found cute printable mustaches from PaperSeed – she has them for cute novelty pics with baby, but you COULD use them as party favors or party “wearables” for your baby shower guests too! She has lots of fun mustache styles


Here’s another great round of pics and ideas for a Mustache Baby Shower, from the Frosted Petticoat:


And we can’t forget the ties, man!  Look at the bow-tie pics from this “little man” baby shower, from Gabriela and Belle.  They did some adorable necktie favors too!!


And a super cute photo album for a little gentleman baby shower, from the Hostess blog: 9 fun pics to scroll through!


Lastly, check out this Baby Shower Checklist from – so helpful!

DIY Graduation Ideas

It’s coming… that magical, wonderful day that all students look forward to each May or June… the last day of school!  My kids have literally 26 more school days left before they are done for the year, and you KNOW they are counting them down.  I don’t actually have any graduates this year, but that hasn’t stopped me from pinning and bookmarking lots of fun graduation party ideas.  Here are a few of them!

From the evite blog, graduation confetti throwers – easy, fun, and festive!


Check out the very cool “Keys to Success” Graduation party inspiration from Celebrations at Home.  Love the shabby chic, Anthropologie inspired look!


I’m not sure if all schools allow for decorating of the graduation cap, but check out these fun DIY ideas from the Daily Party Dish!  They could be done for after-parties, at the very least!


If you have little ones graduating from kindergarten, these Blow Pop Graduation favors from Life in Wonderland would be super fun:

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For most unique, but BEST GIFT EVER, I nominate this idea from Your Homebased Mom She teaches you how to make a Money Lei!

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And not to toot our own horn or anything, but we do have some pretty fabulous Graduation Party Favors in the Diva Entertains shop


Graduation Fans  ~  Graduation Hat Favors  ~  Graduation Cookie Pops

Decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Pie

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This rich chocolate peanut butter dessert is over-the-top delicious!  With an easy homemade pudding recipe that just takes moments to make.  And although I made it with a homemade pie crust next time I’ll use a graham cracker crust.  So much easier and it will taste just as good (maybe even better)!

This recipe was based off one found in a Saveur magazine but I forgot to add the whipped cream to both puddings to lighten it.  What a fortuitous mistake!  So much richer this way.



Fab Friday Giveaway – another $75 Visa giveaway!

It’s time to announce the winner of the Dutch Oven… and the winner is…. Pam M.   Pam , you will get an email from Diva Entertains this morning!


For THIS week’s giveaway… we are giving away ANOTHER visa gift  card – a $75 Visa gift card!



One lucky (US) winner will win this $75 visa card on May 3rd.

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We will choose a winner on May 2nd at midnight, and announce the winner on May 3rd.  Winner must have a US shipping address.


And a photo of our LAST $75 Visa Gift Card winner, Jill!  She is going to use the money to spruce up her garden.


Summer Drink Recipes

Spring is in full bloom where we live (which is the desert, so… really not so much blooming as just windy and cactus pollen…but you get the idea).  Because we live in the desert, spring sort of morphs quickly into HOT SUMMER, and I’ve been planning ahead, pinning some yummy and good looking summer DRINK ideas for the HOT SUMMER nights.  (yes, it’s mid-April, but I tell you, summer will be here before you know it).  Here are some of the yummy drink recipes I’ve found lately:

From LHJ, a Sweet Tea “Bourbon Slush”:

These next two are non-alcoholic summer drink recipes (although you could always add some:).  Fir,st from Green Kitchen Stories, a Passion Fruit Summer Drink:


From, a peach ice tea recipe… I will need to make this daily!


And from Stark Insider, how about a Frozen Blueberry Margarita?

You can substitute your favorite fruit for blueberries if you’d like.


Ok, now I’m really thirsty!  How about you?

21st Birthday Party Ideas

21st birthdays are usually full of energy and a tiny (cough) bit of craziness, and I found some cute ideas and inspiration for making the event FAB!

From Pretty My party, a super cute idea playing off the “99 bottles of beer on the wall song”… 21 Pink Bottles of Beer on the Wall (and there is a LOT more to the post, so be sure to click on through!)

Looking for a fab 21st birthday cake? Check out the AMAZING.. AMAzING.. Vegas Gambling Cake, from Sandy’s Cakes (and while you are there, click around on her other posts – you will be stunned!  Her archive is on the right side of the blog):


For an incredibly classy and elegant party idea, check out the Chanel Themed 21st birthday party from Celebrations At Home:


And from Dormify, a DIY post on how to make a 21st Birthday Bouquet… using a plastic sand bucket, some bedazzling, and.. well, mini bottles of alcohol.